Global fraud examiners learn the latest fraud examination techniques and theory, network with their peers, and cruise down the Sunset Strip. 

The stars were shining in Tinseltown as the ACFE presented the 13th Annual Fraud Conference & Trade Show Aug. 4-9 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel.

Attendees had a choice of 40 breakout sessions within 10 tracks. During a working lunch, special guest speaker Sherron Watkins described her efforts to warn Enron's top management of the impending disaster. During a general session, Regent J. Scott Newton, J.D., CFE, presented a legal update on new laws affecting fraud examiners. And during the second working lunch, former embezzler John Everroad Jr. described his crime and continuing rehabilitation.

Mary Jo White, partner in the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City, and former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, received the Donald R. Cressey Award.

Retiring ACFE President Gil Geis, Ph.D., CFE, one of the first Association leaders, was honored for his 10 years of service. Geis is professor emeritus of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, School of Social Ecology at the University of California at Irvine.

Toby J.F. Bishop, CFE, CPA, FCA, the new ACFE President and CEO, presented four key areas of focus for the Association: 1) global membership growth; 2) enhancing the value of membership; 3) expanding fraud education outreach to university students and the business community; and 4) enhancing the infrastructure of the Association to better support members and chapters.

The Association presented the first annual Outstanding Achievement Awards to the CFE of the Year, Associate Member of the Year, and Outstanding International Member, as well as Chapter of the Year and Newsletter of the Year. Outstanding achievement was also recognized in Outreach/Community Service, Accounting, Anti-Fraud Education, Commerce, Government, and Law Enforcement.

Attendees visited a diverse group of fraud examination-related vendors during the accompanying trade show. Prior to the Main Conference, anti-fraud practitioners learned about the identification, investigation, and prevention of identity fraud during the Pre-Conference.





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